Noord

Travel Guide
Arashi Beach

With dozens of white-sand beaches, aquatic adventures and an easy-going island vibe, this region is Aruba at its most enchanting.

The Noord region of Aruba encompasses some of the best beaches on the island and its hotels and beachfront resorts ensure that visitors can get their fix of sun, sea and sand. Watch the clear waves rush into the golden shore, take part in a range of outdoor activities and visit the island’s landmark California Lighthouse.

Noord, which translates to “North” in Dutch, is located on the northwest tip of the island. While the town itself is colorful and authentically Aruban, most out-of-towners stay in oceanfront resorts instead, which provide easy access to the region’s pristine beaches, as well as high-end casino and spa resorts.

Go to the amenity-packed Palm Beach for calm waters and to experience the glamor of its beachfront resorts. Chic bars, clubs, restaurants and casinos entertain after dark. Further north at the rocky Hadicurari Beach, watersports are the number one pursuit, with wind and waves providing perfect conditions for windsurfers and kitesurfers. Join the locals on the quiet Arashi Beach or dive in at Malmok Beach, where clear shallow waters are well-suited for snorkeling, and wrecks and reefs keep scuba divers happy.

When you need a break from lolling on the sands, Noord can deliver alternative activities. Play a round at the Tierra del Sol Golf Course, enjoying ocean views as you navigate the cacti- and tree-dotted course. Be sure to stop by St. Ann’s Church, a prominent religious landmark with a history that dates back to the 1770s and the peaceful Alto Vista Chapel, the island’s most important religious site.

Spend a sunset at the California Lighthouse, which is named after a ship of the same name that was wrecked in these waters before its construction. Located on an elevated position on the north coast, the views from here are some of the best on the island. Take a stroll along the frequently deserted and wonderfully romantic California Sand Dunes or rent a jeep and go off-roading.

The best times to visit Noord are between January and August. If you plan to spend most of your time at the beach, then taxis and bus services can help you get around, but if you wish to explore the island further, consider renting a four-wheel drive.

Where to stay in Noord

Courtyard by Marriott Aruba Resort
Courtyard by Marriott Aruba Resort
3.5 out of 5
J.E. Irausquin Blvd. # 330, Noord
The price is $152 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
This family-friendly Noord hotel is located by the ocean, just steps from Leeward Antilles and Old Windmill. Links at Divi Aruba is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.
4.1/5Very Good! (103 reviews)
"I absolutely loved staying here the rooms were super clean and the staff was amazing. This is the perfect location it’s close to everything."

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Aruba Resort
Riu Palace Aruba All Inclusive
Riu Palace Aruba All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
J.E. Irausquin Blvd 79, Noord
The price is $560 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Nestled on the beach, this Noord property is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Leeward Antilles and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Links at Divi Aruba. Palm Beach and Old Windmill ...
4.2/5Very Good! (989 reviews)
"the view from the balcony is amazing.....the pool set up along with the beach onsite is perfect. The bar in the pool is great. The Sports bar needs a little more excitement"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2021

Riu Palace Aruba All Inclusive
Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino
Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino
4.5 out of 5
J E Irausquin Blvd 81, Noord
The price is $372 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
Located in Noord, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of Palm Beach and Butterfly Farm. Eagle Beach and Manchebo ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (988 reviews)
"Everything was absolutely beautiful. Everyone was wonderful, polite and pleasant."

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2021

Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Bubali Bliss Studios
Bubali Bliss Studios
3.5 out of 5
Bubali 147, Noord
The price is $122 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Situated near the airport, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eagle Beach and Palm Beach. Butterfly Farm and Boca Catalina Beach are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (183 reviews)
"Very well maintained and friendly. Convenient self check-in. Easy and safe 5 minute walk to Eagle Beach."

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2021

Bubali Bliss Studios
Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club
Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club
4 out of 5
LG Smith Boulevard No. 99, Noord
The price is $335 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Nestled on the beach, this Noord aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Leeward Antilles and Palm Beach. Eagle Beach and Arashi Beach are also within 3 mi ...
4.3/5Excellent! (63 reviews)
"Very clean, new, great staff"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2021

Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club
Sasaki Apartments
Sasaki Apartments
3 out of 5
Bubali #143, Noord
Situated near the airport, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Eagle Beach, Manchebo Beach, and Bubali Bird Sanctuary. Palm Beach and Butterfly ...
4.4/5Excellent! (145 reviews)
"It was not hectic and crowded. Very quaint and relaxing. It should have a few more items in the kitchen...utensils. The kitchen was very old and some updates would be better. the refrigerator did not fit where it was and was away from wall a good 2.5 ft. Otherwise, the staff is pleasant and helpful. ..."

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2021

Sasaki Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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